40 day book challenge

Life begins…

Some say I look like I’m still in my twenties, even more say I act like I am. But – ladies and gentlemen – the rumours are true…I am about to hit the big FOUR-OH. Life begins ‘n all that.

So, in order to celebrate this momentous occasion with my book-loving friends I have decided to do a 40 day challenge in…guess what? Yep, the 40 days leading up to the big day itself (October 9th).

The 40 day book challenge


So, commencting 31st August I will be posting daily under the following headings:


1) A favourite book of 2011 (so far)

2) A book I wish I could live in

3) A book with a favourite character

4) A favourite translated book

5) Β A favourite non-fiction book

6) A book that changed my life

7) A favourite YA book

8 A book that blew me away

9) A favourite crime fiction book

10) A book that gave me the creeps

11) A book that made me cry

12) A favourite historical novel

13) A book that made me laugh out loud

14) A favourite 19th century novel

15) A book that I have read the most number of times

16) A favourite book from childhood

17) A book with the best evil character

18) A book that I tell people I have read but haven’t

19) A book that scared me

20) A book with a character most like me

21) A book I am embarrassed to say I like

22) A book I hope I get for my birthday

23) A book that is a most treasured possession

24) An “unputdownable” book

25) A favourite chicklit book

26) A favourite science-fiction book

27) A book I love that deserves to be better known

28) A book I loved but nobody else did

29) A favourite book with animals in

30) A favourite sensational novel

31) A book that everyone else seems to love except me

32) A book that has been on my shelf unread for more than 5 years

33) A book that I would love to read but never do

34) A book I wish I had written

35) The longest book I have ever read

36) A favourite book recommended by another book blogger

37) A book that I still think about years after having read it

38) An author crush

39) A book I expected to hate but loved

40) A favourite book about a celebration


If anyone would like to join me on all or some of the days, you are more than welcome. If not, just make sure you pop by and see what bookish surprises I have in store each day (there may even be a little giveaway or two) πŸ™‚


Β  Let the celebrations commence…. πŸ™‚


89 thoughts on “40 day book challenge

  1. Oh 40! It’s a (little) while ago, but when I almost turned 40 I mentioned I had a Big-Oh day coming up, and someone thought I was turning 30. The best present! πŸ™‚

    Are you planning something BIG with Mr. Boof as well as with your readers? Or are you hoping for that one present that he hasn’t bought you yet. I went to Iceland for a long weekend when I turned 40 and it was a great experience.


    • Yes, that would have been a great present, Judith πŸ˜‰

      Planning a huge family meal one weekend and then me and Mr Whisperer will go away for another but not sure where. I have been to Iceland before – isn’t it amazing???


  2. Great idea Boof ! I turned 40 almost 7 years ago but still feel like I am 20 in my head and in my heart too and it is wonderful !


  3. That’s a great idea, I will come back from time to time to check out your posts. Sounds like an interesting project. I was thinking of something similar when a friend of mine mentioned National Novel Writing Month but that seems like too much of a commitment right now.
    Until next time…


  4. As someone who has met you in real life, I can vouch for the fact that you DO NOT look almost 40!! πŸ™‚

    This is a great idea! I will definitely be reading each day – I love the little factoids of information you get from posts like these! I am even going to try to join in as I’ve been in a big slump with my blog recently and I think your idea could be a great way to get it going again! So, thanks! Hehe!


  5. Great idea! About two years before I turned 40, a friend and I each made a list of “Forty things to do before turning forty” and it was such a great experience! They weren’t all big-deal things (buy a good bra, re-read a favorite book, plan a dinner party), but it sure made life purposeful (in a silly way) and although I didn’t accomplish them all (life happens), One of the things on my list was to play an accordion, and wouldn’t you know, on the night of my birthday I went out with friends and Oktoberfest had just started and there was a man playing accordion in the band! I got to play it a bit and have pictures to prove it! I still have that list (I may frame it!) and will make another sometime soon. I love lists. I will try to participate in some of your 40 days – my birthday is October 1 and I’ll be 43!!! Yay! Life is good…


  6. Very cool! I just turned 40 myself. It actually felt kind of good, because you feel like you’ve accomplished something. I also appreciated getting lots of comments about not looking 40. I like your post ideas although I won’t be around for half of September. Happy almost-birthday!


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  8. What a wonderful idea. I’m afraid my list would have to be a bit longer! That said, the big 4-0 is really nothing to fear, the next one was a bit harder. I shall look forward to seeing your daily posts…


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  13. What a wonderful idea, Boof. I turned 40 almost 10 (gasp!!) years ago, and I thought it was more interesting and easier than turning 30, oddly enough. Your 40 day book challenge sounds fantastic. I’ll be following along and might even chime in here or there. Welcome to your next decade!


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  16. This is a fantastic idea! I will definitely join you on some of the days, swiftly approaching my 30th and I don’t know where the years have gone! Roll on 40!


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  28. Ooh, I’m going to bookmark this and browse more fully when I have time. I might pinch your list and use it as a basis for some posts on my own blog – although not sure I can find a book for every heading there!


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